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Kisumu County ODM Primaries Gives Most MCAs Red Cards

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Bickering and claims of misuse of public funds are among reasons that saw 26 out of 34 Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) MCAs (ward representatives) in Kisumu County lose out in the nominations.

From 2015, members of the party have ousted three majority leaders with the most recent casualty being Kobura MCA Malin Akinyi, who was kicked out in December last year.

Read Also: What are the roles of the Members of the County Assemblies?

Due to the perennial disputes at the county assembly, ODM chief Raila Odinga intervened in 2015 and brokered a deal that saw deputy speaker Pamela Omino allowed to temporarily chair sessions.

Early this year, the ODM head office was forced to intervene again when it rejected the move by the MCAs to elect Awasi/Onjiko MCA Fanuel Aim as the new majority leader.

MCAs Bonding Trip

Residents have been accusing the MCAs of doing little to support party leader Raila Odinga’s bid for the presidency.

On February 1, angry youths stormed the assembly and ejected MCAs and told them to go out and mobilise residents to register as voters, days after they (MCAs) had returned from a KShs 15 million bonding trip to Tanzania.

And so in the party primaries, the voters sent home 26 out of the 34 elected ward reps, including two former majority leaders.

In Nyakach and Kisumu East constituencies, all the elected ward reps were shown the door by the electorate while in Nyando Constituency only one was nominated.

In Seme, however, three MCAs were allowed to fly the ODM ticket for a second term while in Kisumu Central, former member of the speaker’s panel Elijah Omondi, the Central Nyakach ward rep, defeated his ODM chief whip Isaya Onyango in Railways Ward.

Two ODM nominated members of county assembly, Pamela Owuor and Caroline Ogot, have also been nominated to contest elective posts Kisumu residents accused the ousted members of doing little to develop their wards.

“Our MCAs have done very little and have always only been making news for things like unnecessary foreign trips,” said John Okech from North Kisumu Ward.

Via Standard Media

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